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New Xbox 360 Arcade Units Get Storage Upgrade

The hard drive-less Arcade models of the Xbox 360 hardware are now shipping with 512MB of onboard storage, maker Microsoft has confirmed with Eurogamer.

Microsoft initially made the switch to internal storage in Arcade units last December, replacing the bundled 256MB Xbox 360 memory card with 256MB of internal memory.

"We want to offer consumers a bit more memory at the same low price so they can enjoy more experiences on Xbox LIVE," Microsoft said of the upgrade. "The Xbox 360 system software uses some of the included 512MB memory; less storage will be available to users. Additional storage (sold separately) may be needed for game saves, Xbox LIVE Arcade games, content downloads, personal file storage, and additional enhanced functionality. A hard drive is recommended for LIVE, and is required for some features."

Priced at $200, the Xbox 360 Arcade is the cheapest of the various Xbox 360 hardware models, and the only one that does not include a hard drive. At $299, the Xbox 360 Pro comes with a 60GB HDD, while the $399 Elite model packs a 120GB HDD. Of course, said hard drives can also be purchased separately in various size configurations.

Chris Faylor was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    June 18, 2009 9:53 AM

    Isn't the Pro model $299?

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      June 18, 2009 9:56 AM

      I wish I had fat fingers. I could blame them.

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      June 18, 2009 10:23 AM

      Having an Elite is so worth the extra bit of money. I have Mass Effect, GTA4, Fallout 3, UFC and Deadspace installed on it along with a few hundred CD's and I still have a boatload of room.

      It's kind of shitty having to pay extra so you can play games without the sound of a jet engine in the background. And 512 MB? get the fuck out of here with that shit. You can put a 30gig drive in there and sell it for $220.

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        June 18, 2009 10:40 AM

        my 120GB is down to 1GB free after installing ghostbusters :(

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          June 18, 2009 10:49 AM

          Does the Xbox get co-op? online of split screen?

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            June 18, 2009 11:16 AM

            i played for a bit last night but only one game. played co-op survival mode which was basically wave after wave of ghosts with 3 other players and at the end we fought stay puft

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